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No. 37  2012: L'Hotel a New York? È Nuovo di Zecca

Grazia (Italy)

Ogni anno, nuove architetture e restauri sperimentali di edifici troppo a lungo dimenticati fioriscono in ogni quartiere...Tutti belli e confortevoli. Ma al check out non rovinatevi la vacanza guardando il conto...A NoLIta (North of Little Italy), groviglio di strade tra le più vive e interessanti dell’intera città, non poteva mancare un albergo che ne incarnasse lo spirito giovane e frizzante. Ecco quindi, un nuovo edificio super-contemporaneo pronto a ospitare 55 camere minimali ed accoglienti con tocchi di cemento lasciato grezzo, in perfetto stile metropolitano. Il rooftop può ospitare fino a 80 persone, ed è possibile prenotarlo per organizzare feste private.



July 2012 No. 79: En el Centro del Mundo

Revista Living (Argentina)

Vivir a pocas cuadras de acá me resultó benefi- cioso para redondear el proyecto de este hotel: por una comprensión especial del lugar y por un elemento afectivo, fue prácticamente como ha- cer una intervención en mi casa”, nos cuenta el joven y talentoso arquitecto Matthew Grzywinski cuando nos explica cómo pensó The Nolitan, el hotel que toma su nombre de la pequeñísima zona North of Little Italy en la que se ubica. “En este sitio, que está sobre una avenida que conser- va muchos edificios históricos, antes había una playa de estacionamiento. Con mi socio, Amador Pons, sabíamos que hacer algo de cero iba a generar una reacción, sobre todo porque acá se espera que las cosas sean especiales. Un objetivo fundamental fue no hacer un facsímil de algo viejo, sino algo real, bien 2011, que no por ello resultara frío o no respetara el contexto”, explica. “La respuesta fue muy buena: tuvimos críticas altamente positivas en los medios y algo que nos sorprendió bastante: nos llegaron al estudio muchísimos mails de huéspedes. Que un usuario quiera comunicarse con el arquitecto es algo muy nuevo, muy de red social, que va un poco más allá de lo encantado que te hayas quedado con la hospitalidad. Me parece que pasa por una conciencia y apreciación del diseño que hasta hace un tiempo el público general no tenía.”... “La idea, al hacer el hotel, fue que te sintieras incluido, antes que un turista; hacer algo amigable, tanto desde el espa- cio como desde el servicio; que te sintiera como en casa pero no en tu casa, que no te resultara tan familiar como para sentir que no viajaste, ni tan sofisticado como para que no pudieras relajarte. Que todo transmitiera una sensación relajada sin negar el hecho de que, efectivamente, estás en una zona con mucho estilo”. Y es absolutamente cierto: desde sus espacios hasta su servicio, The Nolitan encarna lo increíblemente cálido que puede llegar a ser lo cool. 


Frame Publishers 2012: The Nolitan by Grzywinski+Pons

Night Fever 3

Night Fever takes you on a whirlwind, round-the-world tour of the very best in hospitality design...The selected venues, all opened in the past three years, were created by young, world-renowned studios and design firms...Grzywinski+Pons created a boutique hotel with a strong connection to the neighborhood...the material palette for the entire project, inside and out, was chosen to be elemental rather than a surface treatment...finishes that share the characteristics of warmth, texture and authenticity.


May/June 2012: The 15 Young Firms to Watch

Residential Architect

They have established a trajectory that we're eager to track in the years to come...The Nolitan Hotel in New York highlights the duo's skill with large projects while commissions like the Bayside Residence show they can play small ball just as well.


May/June 2012: The Seven Best Design Hotels in America

Design Bureau

We love The Nolitan, a new architecture-and-design savvy hotel in the neighborhood. Designed by DB cover boy Matthew Grzywinski and partner Amador Pons, the exterior of the hotel is wrapped in a jigsaw puzzle-like façade, while the interior is decked out in a mix of laid back, yet luxurious furnishings. Don’t forget to scope out the 2,400-square foot rooftop; it’ll make you glad you skipped the hubbub of Midtown for life in the ’hood.


January 2012: What's New, New York

Architectural Digest (Italy)

New entry nel pianeta Nolita, acronimo di North of Little Italy, quartiere giovane ed effervescente a downtown Manhattan. L'albergo, progettato da Grzywinski+Pons, e un ode all eclettismo architettonico della zona che si riflette nelle grandi vetrate e che viene riecheggiato dall'uso di materiali come legno di quercia, marmo, cemento a vista.


December 2011: New York's 42 Best Addresses

Elle Decor (Japan)


November 2011: Renegade Architecture

Design Bureau

Matthew Grzywinski and Amador Pons joined forces to design Hotel on Rivington, an unapologetic 27-story glass tower on Manhattan’s Lower East Side...and though it’s unusual for such a junior team to win such a prized project, their naiveté and nerve produced something with sass. Confident in their combined abilities and willing to give every possible ounce of their combined effort, Grzywinski and Pons managed to convince the project’s developers that they were up to the task. “We were almost too young to know how young we were,” Grzywinski says. It might have been a risky prospect for everyone involved, but they pulled it off, proving that expertise can, indeed, precede experience. Today, they’ve done more than 20 projects together, with four more new construction buildings in New York City, making them among the youngest to alter the Manhattan skyline. And actually, their youthfulness is awfully convenient when the project is a swank metropolitan hotel. Their latest commission is the brand-new Nolitan, a building located in another gritty-on-the-verge-of-trendy Manhattan neighborhood. Just opened this summer, the destination promises an infiltration of newer, hipper, and younger crowds to the area. And these two certainly look like they’d be right at home with that crowd, because, well, they are. 


November 4, 2011: Find Local Style and True Grit at New York's Nolitan

The Globe and Mail

At first glance, you may suspect you've walked into the lobby of a super-cool design firm. A sunken lounge area features caramel leather banquettes beneath pristine shelves of Phaidon design books. A black and white couch by the reception area is so covetable my travel companion snapped its picture as if she had spotted a local celebrity. Owned by a development team with deep roots in the neighbourhood, the hotel was brought to life by local design practice Grzywinski+Pons, which endeavoured to mirror the independent, fashionable look of the area. The glass façade integrates the hotel into the surrounding neighbourhood, and the building is split into two connected sections, preventing it from appearing as one jarring monolith on the street. A rooftop patio boasts views to the north and south, but, more important, allows you to gaze down on the water-tower-spotted roofs where real New Yorkers catch their rays...The words industrial and warmth do not usually go hand in hand, but from the poured concrete ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to the soft hardwood floors and red cashmere throws, each room manages to find the balance between modern and comfortable...This is how New York life should be: stylish, compact and right in the middle of the action. In the heart of one of the city's coolest neighbourhoods, with great views and disarmingly attentive service, the Nolitan offers the true Manhattan experience.


October 28, 2011: Stay Cool

Financial Times

The Nolitan is a tough chunk of concrete and glass, as robust as the industrial buildings that make up the area’s solid streets. Designed by young neighbourhood architects Grzywinski and Pons, the steel framework of the façades echoes the iron fire-escapes of the characteristic local vernacular while the corner melts into blocky industrial glass, giving the rooms the most archetypally New York views you can imagine. More open, more urban and less self-consciously boutiquey than some of the city’s new hotels, the lobby is built to appeal to a cool clientele. Very visible from the street, the sunken lobby is enveloped in concrete, timber and the best collection of book titles I’ve ever seen in a design hotel. The rooms are generous, bright, hard­-wearing, some with balconies, all with gritty street views that allow you to lie in bed watching the city lead its life outside. The Nolitan is also just about the most convenient place I’ve stayed anywhere in the city...For decades now New York has suffered a lack of good new architecture...Now, you don’t need to go just to look at good new architecture, you can stay in it.


October 2011: El Chic Neoyorquino

S Moda (El Pais)

Si el talento y la fortuna soplan a favor existen originales y sencillas formulas que pueden evitar tener que sacar la tarjeta al dejar el hotel...El Nolitan es el nuevo hotel, diseñado por Grzywinski+Pons del barrio Italiano de Manhattan. Este refugio de cinco estrellas possee 55 suites.


October 2011: Open House Worldwide: The Keys to the Kingdom

Wallpaper

This freshly opened 55-room boutique hotel has recently sprung up in place of a parking lot in Nolita, Manhattan. Architects Grzywinski+Pons, the duo behind the nearby Hotel on Rivington, have encased the ground floor in a glass facade to connect it to the surrounding landscape...and a landscaped rooftop gives views across the city.


September - October 2011: New York's Best Hotels

Vogue Living (Australia)

Defiantly downtown and by turns gritty and glamorous, this just-opened hotel is named for the district North of Little Italy, a precinct cherished for its idiosyncratic charm.


August 2011: NY Ganha Hotel Cheio de Charme e Design

Casa Vogue

A profundidade modesta do terreno e a generosa fachada inspiraram os arquitetos a projetar um pequeno porém muito charmoso hotel, que conta com 55 suítes. Um dos destaques do projeto é, sem dúvida, a construção de dois volumes distintos, que dialogam muito bem entre si – as alas norte e sul são diferentes, mas os materiais utilizados na fachada são os mesmos. Isso confere ao prédio uma característica bastante peculiar.

 

July 28, 2011: A SoHo Hotel, but Not in SoHo

The New York Times

“WE WANTED TO SHOWCASE THE LIGHT AND THE VIEWS, BUT WE DIDN'T WANT TO CREATE A CRAZY, TRANSPARENT, VOYEURISTIC EXPERIENCE,” SAID MATTHEW GRZYWINSKI, OF GRZYWINSKI+PONS, THE FIRM THAT DID THE ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS. “AND WE WANTED THE ROOMS TO BE COMFORTABLE AND WELCOMING — WE DIDN'T WANT THE PURITY OF THE AESTHETIC TO INTERFERE WITH THAT.” SO THE ROOMS ARE OPEN, WITH LARGE SWATHS OF GLASS THAT ALTERNATE BETWEEN CLEAR AND FROSTED SECTIONS, AND SIMPLE FURNISHINGS: FREESTANDING TUBS, PLATFORM BEDS AND WOOD FLOORS TREATED TO LOOK UNFINISHED.

 

May 2011: Go NYC For Yourself

Wallpaper

MUCH LIKE NOLITA ITSELF, THE NEW 55-ROOM PROPERTY POURS AMPLE AMOUNTS OF STYLE INTO A SLIM, SLEEK, GEOMETRIC SHELL. DESIGNED BY GRZYWINSKI+PONS (THE NEW YORK CITY ARCHITECTS BEHIND THE HOTEL ON RIVINGTON), THE NOLITAN'S BEECH WOOD AND CONCRETE FLOORS INCLUDE COLORFUL RETRO-INSPIRED FURNITURE, SWEET-SMELLING PRODUCTS FROM LOCAL BOUTIQUE RED FLOWER - AND SMALL BALCONIES, IF YOU'RE LUCKY.

 

March 2010: New Yorks Aller Best

SAS Magasinet

VI HAR ET ANSVAR FOR AT EN BYGNING SKAL VARE. DET KAN VAERE SKREMMENDE. SOM KUNSTER HATER MAN OFTE DET MAN GJORDE I FJOR. ER DU BILDEKUNSTER, KAN DU VELGE Å IKKE SE PÅ DET BILDET. DER ET LITT VERRE NÅR DU ER ARKITEKT OG LAGER BYGNINGER.

 

May 19, 2008: Modernism Rocks the Neighborhood

New York Magazine

GRZYWINSKI+PONS AND THE FAMILY BUILT A MODERNIST DREAM HOUSE...MANY OF THE HIGH-DESIGN TOUCHES TURN OUT TO BE SURPRISINGLY KID FRIENDLY. THE GLASS WALLED STAIRCASE PHOTOGRAPHS BEAUTIFULLY, AND THERE ARE NO WORRIES ABOUT A TODDLER SLIPPING THROUGH THE BARS.

 

May 2008: Grzywinski Pons Architects Takes Manhattan

Architectural Record

WHILE THE TWO HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING THEIR DESIGN APPROACH BASED ON CONTEXT AND DO NOT IDENTIFY WITH ANY PARTICULAR MATERIALS, THEY HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND PROGRESSIVE APPROACH TO THE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE UP THE BUILDING. ‘WE ARE NOT APOLOGETIC ABOUT THE FACT THAT OUR BUILDINGS ARE OF THE 21ST CENTURY, SO WE USE MATERIALS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDPOINT AND WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD,’ GRZYWINSKI SAYS. ‘A LOT OF TIMES THE MATERIALS THEMSELVES ARE PRETTY TIMELESS - LIKE ZINC AND TERRA COTTA - BUT IN A SYSTEM THATS VERY MODERN AND EFFICIENT.’

 

TeNeus 2007: To See and to Stay

New York Architecture and Design

TRANSPARENCY TRIUMPHS AT THIS LOWER EAST SIDE RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX...WHERE THE FACADE REVEALS AN INTERIOR ASSEMBLAGE OF BEAUTIFUL MATERIALS AND MASSING.

 

Fall 2006: Roman Clef

NY Times Real Estate Magazine

’THE TEETH OF OUR KEY,’ SAYS GRZYWINSKI, OF GRZYWINSKI PONS ARCHITECTS, ‘COMPRISE SIMPLIFIED REPRESENTATIONS OF BUILDINGS WE HAVE DESIGNED.’ MAKING DIGITAL MODELS CREATES EXCESS SHAPES LIKE DISCARDED BUILDING BLOCKS, WHICH FORM THE KEY’S HEAD.

 

Issue 60, 2006: Submergency Shelter

Surface

...GRZYWINSKI PONS EMERGED VICTORIOUS WITH AN ARCHIPELAGO-INSPIRED CONCERT HALL WHICH FEATURES BUOYANT ISLANDS CONNECTED BY CABLES THAT ALLOW THE DIVISIONS TO RETRACT AND EXTEND.

 

July/August 2006: We'll Take Manhattan

Departures

THEY [GRZYWINSKI+PONS] HAVE TURNED JUXTAPOSITION INTO A FORM OF CURRENCY...THE INTERIOR COULDN’T BE MORE MODERN.

 

February 2006: New and Improved

Perspective

NEW YORK’S LATEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL, BY GRZYWINSKI PONS ARCHITECTS, HAS EMERGED FROM A CONVOLUTED PAST TO BE ACCLAIMED AS ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST OUTSTANDING DESIGN EFFORTS.

 

Winter 2005: Downtown Deluxe

Absolute

[GRZYWINSKI] AND PONS HAVE CREATED A KIND OF DESIGN-CENTRIC PLAYHOUSE; THERE’S A 10-PERSON HOT TUB AND OUTDOOR SHOWER ON THE THIRD LEVEL’S OPEN DECK WHILE A CUSTOM RECLINER BATHTUB CAST IN FINLAND ABUTTS THE OUTSIDE GLASS WALL.

 

November 2005: Inside Out

Case Da Arbitare

IL PROGETTO DELL’EDIFICIO E DEGLI ARCHITETTI MATTHEW GRZYWINSKI E AMADOR PONS...E UN ALBERGO DIVERSO DA TUTTI GLI ALTRI. A PARTIRE DALL’INGRESSO, CHE SEMBRA A UNA CAVITA NATURALE SOTTER RANEA. FINO AI PIANO ALTI, TOTALMENTE APERTI ALLA CITTA.

 

November 2005: Onward and Upward

New York Magazine

MATTHEW GRZYWINSKI AND AMADOR PONS MADE A SPLASH WHEN THEY BUILT THE HOTEL ON RIVINGTON...HERE THEY’VE TURNED TO GLASS ONCE AGAIN, USING IT...AS AN AIRY VEIL.

 

Issue 13, 2005: Next

Pol Oxygen

HERE WE LOOK AT THE BEST PROJECTS THAT ARE TAKING SHAPE, CREATING A BUZZ AND INSPIRING AWE AROUND THE GLOBE. YOU COULD SAY THEY’RE THE FLOOR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

 

Spring 2005: Buying The Lifestyle

Boutique Design

HE ENTRUSTED GRZYWINSKI PONS ARCHITECTS WITH THE DUTY OF DESIGNING THE PROPERTY...TO PIONEER THE EVOLUTION OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD TO AN INTERNATIONAL TREND DESTINATION.

 

March 2005: Staying Power

Intra

GRZYWINSKI AND PONS DESIGNED ALL THE HOTEL’S SANITARYWARE...SITE-SPECIFIC GLAZING AND WATERPROOFING SYSTEM...OVERCOMING MANY CHALLENGING DETAILS. THEY COUNTERED RATHER LOW CEILING HEIGHTS WITH TILE LAYOUTS THAT PLAY ON THE SPACE’S HORIZONTALITY, ‘IT’S LIKE PUTTING HORIZONTAL STRIPES ON A SKINNY TORSO,’ SAYS GRZYWINSKI.

 

March 2005: In the Laps of Luxury

DDI

GRZYWINSKI PONS AND TEAM CREATED A MASTERPIECE...THE UNIQUE BUILDING STANDS OUT IN ITS APPEARANCE AND IN ITS CONCEPTION AND CONSTRUCTION.

 

December 2004: What Comes After Modernism?

Metropolis

THIS IS WHAT GLASS WALLS ARE FOR.

 

November 2004: Rock Star Hotels

Nylon

...GREAT LOCATION, FABULOUS ARCHITECTURE...WHAT IMPRESSED US MOST WERE THE JAPANESE SOAKING TUBS THAT SOME OF THE GUEST ROOMS COME EQUIPPED WITH...THE PUBLIC SPACES ARE EVERY BIT AS WELCOMING AS THE GUEST ROOMS.

 

Autumn 2004: Facades

Citizen K

 

October 2004: The Rivington Saga

New York Magazine

IN A CITY OF UNINSPIRED DEVELOPMENT, THERE’S SOMETHING REFRESHINGLY HUBRISTIC ABOUT THIS BUILDING...IT’S THE KIND OF BUILDING TRUMP MIGHT ERECT...IF HIS TASTES RAN MORE TOWARDS BLADE RUNNER AND LESS TOWARDS DALLAS.

 

October 19, 2004 - Issue 17: L.E.S.' First Boutique Hotel

Architects Newspaper

THE ARCHITECTS HAD TO DEVELOP A GLAZING SYSTEM THAT COULD ADAPT TO A STRUCTURE THAT WAS BUILT FOR PRECAST CLADDING...THE BUILDING OWNER DECIDED TO LIVE ON THE 17TH FLOOR WITH HIS FAMILY IN AN APARTMENT DESIGNED BY GRZYWINSKI AND PONS.

 

April/May 2004: The Voyeur Hotel

Frame

...THE 20-STOREY TOWER LOOKS TITALLATINGLY SHEER. GRZYWINSKI PONS ARCHITECTS CLEVERLY USES SKINS, SCREENS AND GLAZING TO REVEAL OR CONCEAL VIEWS… THE BUILDING IS A BLUEPRINT OF LOCAL CULTURE.

 

October 2003: Boys in the Hood

Living Etc

THE LOOK IN THE FLAT IS A BRILLIANT COMPROMISE BETWEEN MODERN AND CLASSIC. WHILE SLEEK INTERIORS...RULE THE DAY, THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM FOR EXTRA PERSONALITY TOO.